|Name||Richard "Dick" Franson|
Minneapolis, Minnesota , United States
|| February 14, 1929
|Died||May 27, 2015
Jun 12, 2020 01:30am
Divorced - U.S. Army -
|Info||Born February 14, 1929, Little Falls, Minnesota. Graduated Metro State University, 1976. Served on Minneapolis City Council, 1963-1965. Retired army first sergeant. Retired home appraiser, U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs. Divorced, three children. |
Political party: DFL
Official Web site: Since the [now defunct] Twin Cities Reader called me "The Fax Man," I haven't concentrated on the Web site or the Internet.
Day job: Retired army first sergeant; retired federal appraiser.
Have you ever been elected to anything before? Elected Minneapolis 12th Ward DFL alderman, 1963-1965.
Will you honor your party's endorsement process? No! Since 1966 I have always believed the voters should decide the nominee in the primary. I will file for U.S. Senate in July 2000.
Which three adjectives best describe your political philosophy? Conservative Democrat on fiscal policies, a liberal on social issues, and as a combat veteran, I am pro-military.
Which three political issues are most important to you? Protecting Social Security and Medicare benefits, creating a national health-insurance system for all Americans, and improving K-12 educational standards.
What did you want to be when you were 12 years old? When I was passing out literature with my [union-organizer] dad in 1941, I told my dad I wanted to be a politician.
What do you think of Sen. Paul Wellstone's beard? Since the senator cannot afford razor blades, every Minnesotan should send him ten cents so he can get a decent shave every day. The senator is an embarrassment.
Have you mailed that census thing back yet? Yes. I filled out the long form the first day I received it. Every question was answered properly.
Favorite legal substance: Budweiser beer. When I socialize, I drink Budweiser beer.
Anything you'd like to admit now, just to get it on the table? Since I was granted a secret clearance by our government in 1995, 1973, and 1951, I certify that I have never used marijuana, cocaine, or any other illicit drugs in my lifetime. All candidates for U.S. Senate should also certify.
Anything you'd like to deny now, just to get it out of the way? In 1962 I was elected president of the Minneapolis Umpires Association and in 1963 I was elected Minneapolis 12th Ward alderman and my theme was that I was going to "call all political decisions as I see it," just like I did as an umpire. Since my life has always been an open book, I don't believe I have anything to deny.
Are you glad Tim Penny got out of the way? No! He was a hypocrite when he used his children to bow out of the Senate race! He did not want to defend his dismal voting record in the U.S. House of Representatives because he voted with the Republicans many times.
Favorite album: All of Frank Sinatra's albums.
Favorite book: Crusade to Europe, by Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Favorite movie: Saving Private Ryan
Favorite TV show: The Honeymooners
Favorite Web site: Since I concentrated on my fax machine the past year and a half, I promise to get proficient on the Internet.
Favorite State Fair food: Hot dogs at the food barn.
Guilty pleasure: When I socialize with my friends and relatives, I sometimes party too much. I believe camaraderie and love should be shown throughout life. Life is a bowl of cherries!
Pet cliché: "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." --President Franklin D. Roosevelt
My friends think I'm... a patriot who served during the Vietnam and Korean wars and retired from the U.S. Army with 23 years of service. Since my friends know I have more than 40 years of government service, and a bachelor's degree in public administration with a minor in Middle East studies, they believe I am the best qualified to be the next U.S. senator from Minnesota.
Proudest moment: Coming home to Minneapolis on military leave during the Korean War and marrying Margaret I. Chapman on June 16, 1951. Having three children: Terri, 1955; Todd, 1957; Tim, 1959. Getting elected Minneapolis 12th Ward alderman, 1963-1965.
Biggest regret: Failing at my marriage to Margaret, which lasted more than 17 years. Margaret divorced me on April 8, 1969. On January 15, 1969, I enlisted in the U.S. Navy Seabees and volunteered for Vietnam and served until October 7, 1970.
Secret ambition: If my former wife, Margaret I. Franson, can forgive my previous errors in life, I would like to remarry her at St. Stephen's Church in Minneapolis. We could be a family again!